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Document Details


Title: Robert Emmett McDonald
Local code: OH 57
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Series: Item 2 of Series Robert Emmett McDonald
Description: McDonald discusses the early years of Remington Rand in the computer business, including the management of Engineering Research Associates and Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company (acquisitions of Remington Rand), the rivalry between the two, their competition for funds, and their relations to the parent company. Other topics include the departure of ERA personnel to form Control Data Corporation; successful products; financial structure of Sperry Rand; collaboration with Bell Laboratories, Western Electric, and MIT on defense projects; Sperry's role in the 1969 IBM anti-trust case; and UNIVAC's involvement in the international market.
Extent: 40 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=195
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1983 (Year of interview)
Speaker: McDonald, Robert Emmett
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker occupation: Electrical engineer
Document location: Minneapolis, MN
Document date: 04-May-1983
Interviewer: Ross, James
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Computer software; Electric engineering; Engineering; Information technology; North America; Oral history; Software engineering; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024006-25549